W.Va. Group Seeks Oversight of Abortion Industry

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 1:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group that's suing a Charleston clinic has launched a campaign urging lawmakers to start regulating the abortion industry.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia kicked off the effort Monday at the state Capitol in Charleston.

West Virginia's two legal abortion clinics, the Women's Health Center of West Virginia and Kanawha Surgicenter, are in Charleston.

The Department of Health and Human Resources has said there's no state agency specifically tasked with inspecting abortion clinics or providers.

The Family Policy Council filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of a woman who claims a Women's Health Center doctor performed an abortion procedure on her even though she asked him to stop.

State legislative health leaders didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A lawsuit alleges a West Virginia doctor ignored a woman's wishes to stop an abortion procedure and left the fetus' head in her uterus.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, an evangelical Christian group, said Monday the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Itai Gravely against the Women's Health Center of West Virginia in Charleston and Dr. Rodney Stephens.

The Kanawha County Circuit Court lawsuit says Gravely was given a sedative but wanted to stop the April 2012 procedure because she was in severe pain. It says Stephens ignored her instructions and had her physically restrained. The pregnancy was near the end of the first trimester.

A subsequent exam at a hospital revealed the fetus' head in her uterus.

A clinic official didn't immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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